(BEIJING, China.) News & Views Report: FM Wang Wi reveals his five point plan for the Middle Eastern countries calling for mutual respect #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.25: The minister, who is visiting Saudi Arabia, told the channel that China called for “mutual respect among the countries of the Middle East.”

Chinese FM reveals initiative to protect MidEast according to the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday unveiled a five-point initiative for security and stability in the Middle East to Al Arabiya.

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Yi stressed the importance of supporting the efforts the regional states regarding the Syria and Yemen files.

The minister expressed China’s support for the Saudi initiative to resolve the conflict in Yemen, stressing that it reflects Riyadh’s resolve to address the Yemeni crisis. He also hoped to implement that initiative as soon as possible.

The Saudi peace initiative includes a nationwide ceasefire and the reopening of air and sea links with the territories held by the Houthi group in Yemen.

The Chinese minister also discussed the Palestinian and Israeli issue, and called for a two-state solution, stressing that his country would send invitations to Palestinian and Israeli personalities for a dialogue in China.

He also stressed that China called for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, adding, “the efforts of the countries of the region must be supported to ensure that they are free of nuclear weapons.”

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, the Chinese minister is expected to meet his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Nayef Al-Hajraf, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

He is expected to discuss matters of common interest, and ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

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(RIYADH, S.A.) JUST IN: The Arab coalition destroyed an explosive laden boat and foiled a Houthi terrorist attack in the southern Red Sea on Wednesday according to the Arab Media News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: A commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel as the terror attack was foiled, the coalition said: Hostile actions carried out by the Houthi militia threaten shipping lines and global trade, the coalition added:

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(RIYADH, S.A.) G20 Briefing Report: The world needs to strengthen cooperation to reduce land degradation, habitat loss and coral reef conservation, said Saudi Deputy Minister for Environment Dr. Osama Faqeeha on Tuesday according to Arab Media News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: Speaking at a G20 meeting briefing on the highlights of the Environment Working Group, Faqeeha underlined the importance of preserving the environment for a sustainable future: He said that the Saudi presidency is pursuing collective efforts and taking concrete actions to safeguard the planet: The deputy minister said conserving the earth’s environment meant protecting marine and terrestrial environments and working towards reducing marine pollution such as plastic littering: ” Around 12 million hectares of land are lost annually due to land degradation, including deforestation,” he added: Moreover, land degradation affects about 60 percent of people directly or indirectly and contributes to massive habitat and ecosystem service losses, he said, adding that deforestation and other land use are also responsible for 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions: G20 Saudi Arabia is leading the international community in working toward minimizing land degradation and deforestation to conserve biodiversity and meet climate goals:

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Faqeeha also spoke about preserving the oceans, saying that the human activity and climate change endanger the survival of coral reefs, on which about 50 percent of the world’s marine life depends.

Without concrete action, it is estimated that “a significant share of coral reefs are at risk,” he said. Coral reefs are under constant threat from pollution and habitat destruction, therefore conserving them “urgently important to ensure protection of our ecosystem.”

Due to the urgency of this issue, Saudi Arabia intends to build on the Japanese G20 Presidency’s efforts and advance steps on the preservation of the ecosystem.

Furthermore, climate change is one of the most pressing global challenges. The urgency to act increases as the world population continues to grow and emissions rise.

The Saudi G20 presidency is committed to advancing efforts for managing emissions in all sectors and improving synergies between adaptation and mitigation actions, including nature-based solutions such as reforestation and protecting and restoring marine resources.

“There has been significant appreciation of Saudi Arabia on environment preservation,” said the deputy minister.

Addressing the subject of “Securing a Future for the World’s Coral Reefs” later, Carlos M. Duarte, a professor of marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), talked about the Kingdom’s coral reefs in the Red Sea.

“Red Sea coral reefs are the best preserved in the world and remarkably beautiful,” he said, adding that Red Sea is very salty, which protects coral reefs, which often called the tropical forests of the oceans.

Carlos M. Duarte, professor of marine science at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) speaking at G20 meet. (Screenshot)

Duarte said that the northern Red Sea provides a globally unique refuge for coral reefs.

Regarding securing the future of coral reefs, he added that by the turn of the century, about half of the coral reefs were lost. “We should not accept the loss of the coral reefs and grieve, but there is a need to act and strengthen cooperation to preserve them, not only through green recovery plan but blue recovery initiatives as well.”

He suggested some measures to preserve coral reefs, including resilience-based management, expansion of mangroves, growing and expanding habitats and restoring marine habitats.

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(RIYADH, S.A.) JUST IN: Arab Media Statement Report: Saudi-led coalition air defenses intercepted a drone rigged with explosives that Houthi terrorists launched from Yemen early Saturday, a coalition official said according to SPA News Agency #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.14: The Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia launched it in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilian objects and civilians in the southern region,” Brigadier Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The statement did not say where the weaponized drone was shot down: Houthis had been using drones and missiles to attack Saudi Arabia: Most of the attacks have been thwarted: Houthi drone shot down by Saudi air defenses: Saudi Arabia https://ift.tt/3pvyStw

OIC condemns Houthi drone attacks on Saudi ArabiaUN warns of ‘ecological disaster’ in Houthi-controlled Red Sea area:

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(RIYADH, S.A) Arab Media News: Saudi security forces seal off cemetery for ‘ Non-Muslims ‘ where French Remembrance Day grenade attack took place on Wednesday morning according to Al Ekhbariya News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: Saudi authorities have secured a cemetery for non-Muslims in Jeddah where a blast occurred earlier on Wednesday, Al Ekhbariya reported: The TV channel showed footage of the area around the cemetery and said the situation was stable: Makkah region authorities described the incident as “cowardly,” and said that an employee of the Greek consulate and a Saudi security officer were injured:

Earlier, AFP reported that a bomb had struck a World War I commemoration attended by European diplomats in Jeddah, leaving several people wounded: ” The annual ceremony commemorating the end of World War I at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, attended by several consulates, including that of France, was the target of an IED [improvised explosive device] attack this morning, which injured several people,” France’s foreign ministry said: https://acebreakingnews.wordpress.com/2020/11/11/breaking144-a-number-of-people-injury-in-a-grenade-attack-on-mosque-in-jeddah-on-wednesday-morning-according-to-rt-news-report/?preview=true

The French consulate in the UAE issued a statement Wednesday confirming several people had been wounded in the incident: ” Once again, France was the target of an attack during the commemorations of November 11, organized by the Consulate General of France, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This attack left several wounded,” it said: The French Embassy in the UAE said it was in close contact with the UAE authorities and that both remained “committed to ensuring a high level of stafety for our communities.”The statement added that the Embassy and the Consulate General reiterated calls for people to show restraint and remain vigilant, especially when traveling, in particular in places visited by tourists and expatriate communities.

A Saudi government source told Arab News the incident is being investigated and a detailed report will be issued very soon.…….

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RUSSIA/CHINA: ‘ Agreement on Far East Land Lease for 50-years ‘

#AceNewsReport – Russia and China will have the possibility to develop their cooperation in the agricultural field to the full extent.

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 The agreement between Russia’s Zabaikalsky Territory and Chinese company Huae Sinban to lease 115,000 hectares of Russian farmland to China is not only a major step in agricultural cooperation, but also a perfect example of trust between the two countries, according to an article from the Chinese newspaper Huanqiu Shibao.

The author of the article, Wang Haiyun, is senior advisor at the Chinese Institute for International Strategic Studies.

He believes that now Russia and China will have the possibility to develop to the full extent their cooperation in the agricultural field.

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The fact that Russian authorities agreed to lease such an immense territory for 49 years proves that Moscow has no ideological prejudice towards Beijing, the article said.

For a long time Russian society believed in the mythical Chinese threat, including economic expansion and territorial claims, the author wrote. The recent agreement shows the high level of mutual confidence between Russia and China.

He stressed the need to “think open” and to eradicate absurd claims that for China agricultural cooperation means territorial expansion.

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Expansion is contrary to Chinese cultural values and its policy towards Russia. Expansion allegations are a provocation by unfriendly forces aimed against the blooming Russian-Chinese cooperation, Haiyun concluded.

He also expresses hopes that the agricultural industry will be a perspective field for long-term cooperation between the two countries and would help find a way to resolve the global food crisis.

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FRANCE: ‘ Paris regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:Exclusive Interview:June.14: While France is taking a hard anti-Russian stance due to the Ukrainian crisis, other European nations are busy signing new billion-dollar contracts with Russia, said Philippe Migault, a military expert from the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

' Paris Regrets loss of French Arms Market '
‘ Paris Regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

Since French companies don’t have access to the two main global arms markets – the United States and China – they face fierce competition for markets in the Middle East and Asia.

That is why voluntarily losing the Russian market, one of the most promising and emerging arms markets in the world, is a silly move on behalf of the French government, Migault told Sputnik France in an exclusive interview.

“We risk regretting this very soon,” the military expert said.

France had the opportunity to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia; however, Paris complied with Washington’s pressure and decided to cancel the $1.3 billion contract.

France went against its own idea of economic patriotism, highly regarded during the current economic crisis, by abandoning the Mistral deal. Economic patriotism requires the support of exports and the protection of jobs, but France did the exact opposite by cancelling the arms deal

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MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

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In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.

Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.

Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.

South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.

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SOUTH KOREA; ‘ MERS claims 6 more lives with 23 new confirmed cases ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SOUTH KOREA:June.08: Six people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and there are 23 new cases of the disease have been confirmed, South Korean media reported Monday.

Since May 20, 87 MERS infection cases have been registered in the country, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The government says the situation remains under control, as more than 500 schools have been temporarily closed and more than 1,000 people have been put under quarantine. The MERS viral respiratory disease is caused by a new strain of a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the typical symptoms of MERS, which are a fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

The first time MERS was registered was in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

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SYRIA: ‘ Muslims Defy ISIL & Open New Mosque Named After Virgin Mary ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SYRIA:June.07: Muslims in the Syrian city of Tartous have inaugurated a mosque named after the Virgin Mary, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported. Observers called the opening a symbol of peace and religious tolerance between the country’s multiethnic, multi-confessional society.

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Muslims defy ISIL and open new Mosque ‘

 Speaking at the inauguration, Syrian Minister of Religious Endowments Mohammad Abdul-Sattar al-Sayyed noted that this was the first time in the Muslim world when a mosque has been named after the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. He added that the mosque embodies calls for amenity and fraternity between Syrians of all faiths.

Al-Sayyed noted that Syria is one of the places where Islamic culture and architecture originated, adding that Syrians of all confessions deplore and condemn the barbarity with which ultra-extremists from ISIL and other terrorist groups operating inside Syria demolish and deface places of worship.

Tartous and Lattakia Maronite Patriarchate representative Antoine Deeb noted that the symbolic gesture of naming the Mosque after Mary shows that Islam and Christianity share the messages of peace and love.

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MOSCOW: ‘ PUTIN VOICES OPINION OF THE WEST’S TREATMENT OF RUSSIA ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 24 – Vladimir Putin has voiced his disagreement with the West’s position on Russia, which he likened to the Latin proverb

“What is permissible for Jove is not permissible for an ox.”

However, he said “a bear” won’t ask anyone for permission.

Stressing how different the international reaction to Kosovo and Crimea referendums was, the Russian president reminded of the proverb ‘Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi’.

We cannot agree with such definitions,” he said.

“Maybe it isn’t permissible for an ox, but I have to say that a bear will not ask anyone for permission,” Putin jested, adding that a bear is “the master of the taiga” and it will not give it up to anyone.

The Russian leader attended the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on Friday where he touched a wide range of topics – from Islamist militants in the Middle East to the state of Russian economy.

Putin lashed out at the United States for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains.

He also accused the West of inflaming the situation in Ukraine and said Russia was not interested in building an empire.

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‘ US STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUES GLOBAL TERRORISM ALERT TO ALL AMERICAN’S TRAVELLING TO ABROAD ‘

The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans travelling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.

In a new “worldwide caution” issued on Friday, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and U.S. interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

It said authorities believe there is “an increased likelihood” of reprisal attacks from Islamic State militants since the U.S. and its coalition partners launched military action against the group in Iraq and Syria.

The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.

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‘ Ali Khamenei Accuses Western Countries of Instigating a Rift Among Muslims by “Creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 18 – On the day before the most crucial round of Iran’s diplomatic talks with world powers on achieving a solution to the impasse of its nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has found time again to bash the Western countries involved in the talks by accusing them of instigating a rift among Muslims by “creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.” 

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

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“The evil Britain has created the ISIS and al Qaeda to confront the Islamic republic of Iran and the Islamic awakening across the world,” Khamenei claimed in a speech on Monday.

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Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

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“America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions – the wicked government of Britain – have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shia,” he said. 

The speech, marking the Shia Muslim religious holiday of Eid Al Ghadir, was posted on his website, where he has also published video footage showing his recovery from a recent prostate surgery.

The Centre for a Democratic Iran, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and pursue an independent, peaceful and democratic Iran, followed these events with great interest.

CDI Founder, Behrooz Behbudi, offered his thoughts:

“In parallel with every foreign and domestic policy that the self-declared moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has been taking to get Iran out of the socio-economic calamities that the eight years of Ahmadinejad rule has created, one can clearly see a deliberate hard-line policy by Khamenei to derail a return by Iran and the Iranians to peace and prosperity, however minimal given Rouhani’s allegiance to the regime. 

However, Khamenei’s “radicalism” and ranting against Western powers is in fact a facade that is aimed at concealing his political and leadership weaknesses, as well as demonstrating his paranoia about the roots of the problems among the Muslims of the Middle East. 

In raging against the US and Britain in his speech Khamenei is deliberately acting as a political player to distance himself from the behind the scene deals that his regime officials are making with world powers, with the help of the Russians as their mediators. 

Islamic State is undoubtedly a threat to the peace and security of the Middle Eastern nations as well as the West, as we have watched their barbaric acts with horror on our TV screens. 

However, by claiming that “the ISIS has been set up to confront the Islamic republic,” Khamenei – who incidentally refers to himself as the Caliph of Shia Muslims – wants us to forget that a similar type of extremist ideology in the name of Islam has for long actually been practiced by the very regime that he leads in Iran.

Furthermore, it is a well-known fact among Iran’s political forces that Khamenei owes his leadership status more to behind the scene power broking tactics by former president Rafsanjani than anything else, as his credentials as a cleric have never been accepted by Iran’s religious establishment, a complex that he has long concealed by advocating his bankrupted “political Islam”.

Since ascending to power and turning into an absolute religious leader and skilled political player, Khamenei has managed to dominate the political scene of Iran by empowering the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militias and the security and intelligence organs of the regime around his “anti-American-Israeli” paranoia.

In reality, as world powers begin a new round of negotiations with the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue, they are effectively trying to reach a deal with another fundamentalist “Islamic State” that is ruling Iran with Khamenei at its Caliph in the name of the medieval system of Velayat-e Faqhi, or the Islamic government.

The irony remains however that Western powers are at the same time mulling over whether to involve the military forces of this dictatorship in Iran to help them overthrow the barbarism of the ISIS in its neighboring country in an act of appeasement to Khamenei and his associates in the Revolutionary Guard.

You cannot ask one dictator to join your forces to fight against another dictator in defence of freedom and humanity. 

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‘ Middle East is Ruled by Militias That Have Risen Since Arab Spring ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – October 14 – Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels.

In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports.

Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.

The chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring has led to the rise of powerful militias – including many Islamic extremist groups – across a Middle East where many central governments have been exposed as weak.

Some of the groups are allied with the governments, while others are fighting to topple them.

Some – like the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq – are seen as vital allies for the West.

All could prove to be major obstacles to peace or stability in the region.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Two New Regiments of Chemical Weapons Inspectorate to be formed ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 09 – Russia’s Central Military District (CMD) will complete the formation of two regiments of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence (RChBD) in the Samara Region and the Altay Territory by the end of the year, the district’s spokesperson said Thursday RIA Novosti reported.  

“CMD is completing the formation of two regiments of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence, which will be deployed in the Samara Region and the Altai Territory by the end of 2014,” Col. Yaroslav Roshupkin said.

New RChBD regiments will boost the capabilities of the army contingents deployed in the Samara and Novosibirsk regions in fighting the aftermath of technogenic disasters.

The developments in the Middle East prove there is persisting threat of the use of chemical and biological weapons, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Thursday.

“In the modern conditions, the threat of the use of chemical and biological warfare agents persists.

The recent Middle East developments prove this,” Shoigu said at conference at the Defence Ministry.Tass Reported. 

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UNITED STATES: ‘ ISIS Threaten Next Beheading Victim Will Be US Soldier Peter Kassig ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 06 – ISIS has threatened that its next beheading victim will be kidnapped former U.S. soldier Peter Kassig, who has given most of his young life to helping others. 

'Peter Kassig, former U.S. soldier and current aid worker, threatened as next ISIS victim '

‘Peter Kassig, former U.S. soldier and current aid worker, threatened as next ISIS victim ‘

A former U.S. Army Ranger from Indianapolis who was deployed to Iraq in 2007, Kassig went to help Syrian refugees in a Lebanese hospital and, in the spirit of humanitarianism shared by his fellow Islamic State captives, started his own aid group.

' Special Emergency Response and Assistance '

‘ Special Emergency Response and Assistance ‘

The group, called Special Emergency Response and Assistance, supplied Syrian refugees with blankets, cooking stoves, propane fuel tanks and other necessities, according to a 2013 Time article about the Indiana native.

The 26-year-old said he was inspired and touched by the warm reaction of Syrian locals who received the assistance.

“I did not meet a single man woman or child who could not muster a smile and a message of strength and hope that was nothing short of earth-shatteringly humbling,” he said then.

He disappeared in October 2013, on his way to Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria, while on a SERA relief effort, WTHR-TV reported. At the request of his kidnappers, his family kept silent about his abduction while trying to secure his release. Former hostages told the family Kassig had converted to Islam during his captivity and his faith has sustained him during his imprisonment.

In a statement released to the station, parents Ed and Paula Kassig of Indianapolis said: “We ask everyone around the world to pray for the Henning family, for our son, and for the release of all innocent people being held hostage in the Middle East and around the globe.”

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‘ Radical Sheik Calls for Murder of US Troops ‘

#AceNewsServices – TUNISIA – September 29 – A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing on Islamic law and civilization, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. 

Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement, is scheduled to head a lecture Tuesday afternoon Yale’s Law School, according to the school’s website.

Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.”

Al-Ghannouchi is the leading figure in Tunisia’s previously banned but hugely popular Islamist Ennahda (“Resistance”) political party, which despite being billed as “moderate” by many, has a history of violence inside and outside of Tunisia.

Al-Ghannouchi was a founding trustee and board member of a group that signed onto a notorious2004 fatwa endorsing the murder of U.S. troops in Iraq and has personally urged the Muslim world to “burn and destroy” U.S. interests across the globe.

“There must be no doubt that we will strike anywhere against whoever strikes Iraq,” the sheikh said during a speech in the early 1990s and reported on by Middle East scholar Martin Kramer.

“We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world,” al-Ghannouchi was quoted as saying. “Muslim youth must be serious in their warning to the Americans that a blow to Iraq will be a license to strike American and Western interests throughout the Islamic world.”

The sheik’s violent rhetoric, radical leanings, and endorsement of Hamas led him to be banned from entering the United States for a time.

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UAE: ‘ Trafficking Children as Child-Jockeys ‘

#AceNewsServices (SEA – Exclusive) – September 23 – Apparently, human beings have managed to assimilate the crabs’ ability to walk forth and back with equal ease. This is evident in many human activities, particularly in the field of human rights, where bigger steps backward often reverse smaller steps forward. The case of the camel child-jockeys in the Middle East is just one more clamorous example.

' Child Jokey's Trafficked as Bangladesh Slaves '

‘ Child Jokey’s Trafficked as Bangladesh Slaves ‘

Camel racing is an old Bedouin tradition in the Arab region, particularly in countries with large deserts. In recent decades, it has become a lucrative tourist attraction. Unlike the fights between gladiators and between men and lions in old Rome, and present-day dog-fights and cock-fights in the U.S. and China, as well as the bull-fights in Spain – all of which end with the death of one of the combatants – camel racing used to be a way of showing the tribesmen pride for possessing the best camels in the region.

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Gradually, these races were transformed in a sort of organized business. This required more sophisticated preparations, such as the use of light-weight riders or jockeys. The human mind understood that young children appeared as the best option for the job. Human trafficking networks came to the rescue for provision of “supplying” the demands of this strenuous business.

Recruited by human traffickers with the promise of a better life, thousands of children were hijacked or bought from the poorest families in poor countries, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan and then ‘exported’ to the Gulf countries, for their exploitation as camel-jockeys.

Part Two

STARVED TO SERVE

Once trafficked into Gulf-States, children became totally dependent on their owners. Race organizers would go further – they would force those children to work hard without eating, to the very limit of starvation.

Perhaps one of the most comprehensive professional media reports on this issue is the one filed by Al Jazeera’s reporter Nicolas Haque on May 22 from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Haque tells the story of a boy called Shameem Miah, who was just three years old when he travelled to the Gulf state of Dubai. “Lured by the promise of a better life, his family says they sold all of their land and belongings, even going into debt, in order to pay for the move,” Haque reports.

He goes on: “Shameem Miah is one of 879 Bangladeshi children who will receive compensation from the United Arab Emirates for years of suffering as child camel-jockey. The Bangladeshi authorities have received 1.43 million dollars from the UAE, which will be distributed among the families of former child-jockeys.” Commenting on the UAE’s decision to economically compensate the child victims of such practices and their families, Haque says “this is an unprecedented move to compensate child-jockeys for camel races”.

Haque then explains that a strong pressure from human rights groups led the UAE to ban the use of child-jockeys in 2005. Most had been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan.

According to the report, Shameem’s father paid 4,500 dollars to migrant traffickers who had promised him gainful employment in the UAE. The traffickers had arranged for the children to work as well.

On arrival in Dubai, Shameem and his two brothers – then aged five and six – were separated from their parents to take part in camel races,” tells Haque. “A toddler, Shameem had only just learnt to walk when he was first seated upon a camel’s back.”

I used to be so scared of the camels, at the beginning, I would fall off the camels all the time,” Shameem says. His brother Muna says that Shameem was so small that he had to be strapped on to the camel, says the report, adding that the children’s “terrified screams drove the camels to race even faster, much to the satisfaction of the camel owners”.

Prized for their light-weight, the child-jockeys say they were intentionally starved, often going days without food, in order to keep them below 20 kilos, says the report.

The camel owners would weigh us and if we ate too much, they would give us electrical shocks. I was so scared of them, I remember, if I would lose a race they would beat me,” Shameem is quoted saying.

Haque reports that “to this day, Shameem bears the scars of five years of abuse by his employer, and countless falls”. Many other child-jockeys, however, have suffered much worse, sustaining life-long injuries from being trampled under the charging camels. Some are known to have died. “For five years Shameem and his brother lived and worked in a barbed wire encircled camp near the desert race track, where they often labored 18 hours a day for a payment of only four dollars a month,” Al Jazeera reporter says.

CHILDREN, SOLD INTO SLAVERY

Even this tiny wage was of help to Shameem’s father, 45-year-old Abul Kashem Miah – many children were in effect sold into slavery and received nothing.  “For Shameem’s father, the situation was heartbreaking,” says Haque. “He deeply regrets that he could not prevent the use of his sons as camel jockeys, saying: ‘All I could think of was paying off our debt and getting out of poverty so that we could leave to go back to Bangladesh’.”

The report goes on to tell that at the age of eight, Shameem was discarded by his employer, deemed too old and heavy to race camels. But it’s clear that his experience of camel jockeying will remain with him forever,” says the report, “as he describes training with the camel every day, being fed just biscuits and water, allowed to sleep – only when completely exhausted – alongside the other children, directly on the sand.”

He says he rarely rode with a helmet and constantly burned his feet on the hot desert sand because he had not been given shoes.”

Haque informs that only 874 former child-jockeys will receive compensation despite the fact that many more are believed to have been trafficked. Most of those still awaiting payment are now teenagers.

The report also takes up the issue of missing children, saying that according to the UK-based human rights group, Anti-Slavery International, some 2,000 unaccounted for child camel jockeys have not yet returned to their families from the Gulf states.

UGLY FACE

Nevertheless, there is still the ugly face of some communities which have the luxury to see the children suffering and working to starve them so as to lose weight in order to win in these old Bedouin practices called camel races.

Despite curbing bans international pressure, child slaves still continue to be used as camel jockeys in many parts of UAE and Gulf States. The children are trafficked and sold or lent at low prices, to other countries.

The hugest obstacle is that the camel jockey races are held under the pretext of development and promotion of tourism.

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A recent example being the camel-racing festival at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi, the photographs and videos released to the international media showed young children riding camels at this event that was also attended by dignitaries and uniformed police officers.

Observers from the UK-based Anti-Slavery International advocacy group also saw one child fall from a camel and narrowly escape being trampled on at the same race-rack. The presence of UAE authorities at the event is also disturbing as it indicates that even senior government officials are not taking child protection very seriously, despite the ban.

REPATRIATED BACK INTO ANOTHER HELL

Over the years, many children and boys were simply handed back to the unscrupulous parents who sold them in the first place. expressed their grave concern about these practices. A large number of them get handed over to madrassas (religious schools) and orphanages funded and controlled by extremist groups.

Their repatriation has not necessarily led to their rehabilitation or reintegration back into society, in fact it’s an escape from one kind of hell to another.

The time has come to put an end to this barbaric, inhumane and appalling menace. Till that time nobody really knows how many more childhoods will be stolen – all for the pleasure of the rich-Arabs of Middle East, self-proclaimed followers of the true tradition of Islam.

Courtesy of The Human Lens 

References:

1. Al Jazeera Bangaldesh reportage by Nicolas Haque

2. Asia Development Media

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‘ Khorasan Group Geared to Attack Western Targets’

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 21 – A brand new intelligence has emerged warning Washington that its upcoming confrontation with the Islamic State may leave it blind to a more sinister and direct threat from a much lesser known terrorist group that has arisen from the ashes of the Syrian war.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (AFP Photo / SITE)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (AFP Photo / SITE)

Very little information is being released at the moment by anyone within American intelligence and law enforcement circles, but the group calling itself Khorasan is said by officials to have concrete plans for striking targets in the United States and Europe as a chosen modus operandi – more so than the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS.

The first ever mention of the group occurred on Thursday at an intelligence gathering in Washington DC, when National Intelligence Director James Clapper admitted that in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.”

According to the New York Times, some US officials have gone as far as saying that, while the Islamic State is undoubtedly more prominent in its show of force in the Middle East, the US air strike campaign and the coming actions by the anti-IS coalition will be what coaxes it into larger-scale attacks oversees – what Khorasan is essentially all about.

This brings up another issue seen in the current Western stance on terrorism: it is so focused on the terror spread by the IS that it’s beginning to forget that the destruction and mayhem of civil war across the Middle East is spawning a number of hard-to-track terrorist factions.

What you have is a growing body of extremists from around the world who are coming in and taking advantage of the ungoverned areas and creating informal ad hoc groups that are not directly aligned with ISIS or Nusra,” a senior law enforcement official told the NY Times on condition of anonymity.

The CIA and the White House declined to give comment.

According to government sources, the Al-Qaeda offshoot group is led by a former senior operative – 33-year-old Muhsin al-Fadhli, reportedly so close to Bin Laden’s inner circle that he was one of the few who knew of the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks in advance.

He had reportedly fled to Iran during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Al Qaeda’s story goes hazy after the campaign: many operatives are said to have traveled to Pakistan, Syria, Iran and other countries, forming splinter groups.

In 2012, al-Fadhli was identified by the State Department as leading the Iranian branch of Al-Qaeda, controlling the movement of funds and operatives” in the region and working closely with wealthyjihadist donors” in his native Kuwait to raise money for the Syrian terrorist resistance.

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IRAQ: ' US Military Launch Air-Strikes Around Haditha Dam '

#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ (Haditha Dam) – September 07 – The U.S. military said Sunday it launched air-strikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam.

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The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also had operated.

 

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